Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport) are making final preparations on the last segment of the Orange Line, which arrives at the new DFW Airport Station on August 18. Soon, the country's longest light-rail system will connect to the country's fourth-busiest airport, providing more transportation options for travelers.
DFW Airport built the station as part of its construction at Terminal A, the first of the legacy terminals to be renovated. According to DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas, the partnership will allow DART to open the rail expansion four months sooner than scheduled.
“We could not have achieved this rail opening early and under budget without the incredible partnership with DFW Airport,” Thomas said. “Construction of the station and the Orange Line extension has been a true collaboration.”
The five-mile segment links newly-renovated Terminal A and Belt Line Station, with continuing service to major regional destinations including Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas. With this opening, DFW Airport becomes the third-largest American airport with a direct rail connection to the city center.